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If… (1968) Directed by Lindsay Anderson "Non-realism in style is not—must not be—synonymous with unreality. These worlds are unreal." Anderson wrote those words about a trio of John Ford films he felt went in for too-easy symbolism, too deliberate a break from the emotional truth Ford was capable of. Anderson, whom Stanley Kauffmann called the “best directing talent” England ever produced, found the perfect medium for the real and the unreal in his sophomore feature. If…...
Our July/August print issue is the Travel issue, and so for the sake of "work" I found myself in Nashville to report on the city's music scene. Well, ostensibly it was for work; really, spending some time in Nashville has been a dream of mine for years. The chance to spend almost a full week exploring all the city had to offer--not just in the way of music, but also in food, fashion, culture...
Nashville and music are so historically entwined that sometimes it’s hard to discern where one begins and the other ends; the city is the music and music is the city. Before I’d even heard a single “y’all” on my first trip to the Athens of the south, a facsimile of the city’s infamous honky tonk, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, had come into view in the airport terminal—and yes, an aspiring musician was singing her heart...
Dave Cobb is saving country music, or so they say. Cobb, who has been producing records in Nashville for the past decade, has been the common thread behind a high number of the artists--Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Sturgill Simpson--that have been lauded over the past few years for salvaging country music from its worst impulses. It follows, then, that Dave Cobb must be the latest in a long line of anointed prophets saving...

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